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Big 12 football: OSU remains No. 1, but Tech No. 2

by Berry Tramel Modified: September 16, 2013 at 11:00 am •  Published: September 15, 2013
Oklahoma State's J.W. Walsh (4) runs out onto the field before a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Lamar University Cardinals at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's J.W. Walsh (4) runs out onto the field before a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Lamar University Cardinals at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Let’s see. Texas lost to Ole Miss, a mid-level SEC team. Iowa State lost to Iowa, a lower-tier Big Ten team. Kansas lost to Rice. Yep, Big 12 football is soaring. OSU and OU are carrying the conference banner so far. Here are the weekly rankings:

1. OSU (3-0, 0-0): Rough week for Cowboy football, but maybe things will start returning to normal.

2. Texas Tech (3-0, 1-0): Great start for Kliff Kingsbury. Beating TCU will pay off all season for the Red Raiders.

3. OU (3-0, 1-0): The Sooners found a quarterback, just in time for Notre Dame.

4. Baylor (2-0, 0-0): Unproven, but at least the Bears haven’t proven anything negative.

5. TCU (1-2, 0-1): The Horned Frogs have left contender status. No great shame in losing at Tech, but that’s a game you’ve got to win if you’re going to challenge for the Big 12 title.

6. West Virginia (2-1, 0-1): Hard to distinguish between the Mountaineers and TCU. Both struggled with a I-AA foe. Both played spiritedly against a tough foe (TCU vs. LSU at Arlington, WVU at Norman). So you have to pick between TCU’s loss at Tech and West Virginia’s ho-hum win over fledgling Georgia State. I’ll give TCU the edge on that one.

7. Texas (1-2, 0-0): The Longhorns host Kansas State on Saturday. Austin could get ugly quickly.

8. Kansas State (2-1, 0-0): At least Texas lost to good teams. KSU is 2-1 against a weak schedule.

9. Kansas (1-1, 0-0): Things are looking up for the Jayhawks. Iowa State looks beatable.

10. Iowa State (0-2, 0-0): Cyclones had two long weeks to stew over a loss to Northern Iowa, now they have 12 long days to stew over a loss to Iowa. Speaking of long, this season is going to be just that for ISU.


by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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